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photo of necklaceIf you’ve been following my blog, you know that I love knitted jewelry. The designs are so beautiful and unique. I also think knitted jewelry is perfect for my fundraisers. Many knit accessories, like hats and scarves, can be too heavy for the mild winters we get here in the San Francisco area. By contrast, knitted jewelry sells well.

So, imagine my excitement when I saw the necklace that my sister knit. It is the Cable Braided Necklace by OlgaJazzy, a knitwear designer based in Japan. While the necklace is beautiful as is, I was impressed that you can also wear it as a wrap bracelet. How cool!

My sister used a metallic yarn, which is stunning. It reminded me of some pink metallic yarn that I picked up on sale a few years ago. I never knew what I wanted to do with it….until now.

Stay tuned! I’ll be sure to post a photo of my necklace once it is done.

–Karen

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Photo of 6 braceletsMy friend Mary Ann recently told me about “zero waste” clothing design, an approach to creating patterns that don’t leave any left-over scraps of fabric. According to the NY Times, the reason to pursue zero-waste design is sustainability. Millions of tons of fabric scraps are tossed into landfills each year because it’s cheaper than recycling.

In the spirit of zero waste design, I’m on a mission to use all of my scraps of fingering weight yarn that are left-over from other knitting projects. My Wrap It Around Bracelet is the perfect design to use for this.  Not only can I make something with just a small amount of scrap yarn, I can also sell them to raise money for a charity that I care about. Win-win!

I love the scarp yarn I used to make these bracelets. It’s a soft merino/silk yarn from Big Alice Dyes in beautiful shades of burgundy, blue, and purple.

I was able to make seven bracelets. Six are shown here, and one was a gift to Mary Ann. I hope she enjoys her “zero waste” bracelet!

I love listening to knitting podcasts. One of my favorites, Stash and Burn, is running a contest this year called “Use It or Lose It”. They are challenging their listeners to choose yarn from their stash and either start using it or decide to lose it by giving it away, selling it, or donating it. And, because it is the year 2013, they are encouraging us to do this 13 times. That’s right…choose some stash yarn and use it or lose it 13 times over the course of the year.

While I don’t have a large stash, I definitely have one! So, I’ve decided that I am up for this challenge, with the added goal of creating things for my charitable fundraising.

My first project was the Wrap It Around Bracelet, made from some bamboo and cotton yarn in my stash.

My second project involved tackling a bag of partial skeins of Debbie Bliss Como. I used this yarn in 2011 to make Mobius Cowls in assorted colors for my fundraising, and I had tucked all the left over yarn into a bag. There wasn’t enough of any one color to do much of anything with, but I couldn’t bear to throw it away! So, I just put it all in my stash cupboard.

When I thought about this bag of yarn and the “Use It or Lose It” challenge, I decided I could make felted bowls. They are quick to knit, and I could combine different colors to make stripes on the bowls. Here’s a picture of the bowls before I felted them:

Bowls before Felting

And here’s a photo of the bowls after felting them in the washing machine:

Bowls after Felting

I’m happy with how they turned out, and I bet I can sell them for $5 each at my fundraising next December.

My stash is lighter, and I’m feeling good about what I made. Now I need to think about my third project for the challenge…

–Karen

Photo of my braceletI love the look and simplicity of a wrap bracelet. It’s basically a long cord, adorned with beads, that you wrap around your wrist a few times. When I saw how thrilled my teenage daughter was when she received one as a gift last month, I decided to try to design one. Perhaps it would be a good item for my fundraising.

Being a knitter, I naturally decided to make mine from a knitted i-cord, or tube. Using some some bamboo and cotton DK weight yarn from my stash, I started making i-cords with different needle sizes. The size 1 needles turned out the best looking cord.

While knitting an i-cord is downright boring, I made it more interesting by watching some TED videos from my “when I have time” list. Before I knew it, I had made one that was long enough to wrap around my wrist six times. (44 inches, to be precise.)

Next was a trip to the craft store to pick up a clasp and some beads.

Photo of the beads and the clasp

When I got back home, I threaded 10 beads onto the cord and attached the clasp. I love the finished bracelet!

Would you like to make one as well? Download my free pattern. Cheers!

–Karen

Photo of the bracelet